Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2001

School board votes to renew Charter School

May 24, 2001

The charter for the Basehor-Linwood Charter School was originally set for three years, but thanks to a unanimous vote by the school board it will be renewed for another three.

At the school board meeting Monday, May 21, Acting Superintendent Cal Cormack said the school has continually met academic and non-academic goals.

"The Charter School has been extremely successful and many in the (Kansas) Department of Education look at it as the model for what charter legislation hoped to accomplish," Cormack said.

At its April 16 meeting, the school board noted that Basehor-Linwood Charter School continued to comply with regulations expected of all schools in Kansas. The school, which serves more than 300 students is fulfilling its mission to provide innovative educational choices to students and parents.

It appears the school board is not alone in wanting the Charter School to stay around. According to USD No. 458 officials, a phone survey of parents and students within the district indicated a high percentage of satisfaction with the school.

Also approved by the school board on Monday was the addition of two full-time teachers and one part-time computer science teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Cormack said the additions of the teachers are needed to deal with a combination of increased enrollment, a change to a block schedule, as well as escalation in graduation requirements.

The three positions will begin in the fall, but none of the positions have been filled as of yet.

In other actions, the school board:

approved a proposal that will increase the cost of family and individual district athletic passes.

approved a proposal for a reserved seating plan at the BLHS stadium and gymnasium.

approved a proposal for the National Lunch and Milk Program for 2001.

approved a proposal for changes to the BLMS handbook in order to receive savings on printing and to meet delivery deadlines.

approved a proposal on Title 1 of the Parental Involvement Policy and Implementation Plan.

The major goal of the Title 1 program is to encourage parental involvement in the education of children throughout the school district. A Parent Advisory Council has been organized and will meet three times a year.

approved an easement agreement between the school district and Basehor resident John Breuer.

approved an agreement between the school district and the YMCA of Olathe to provide a Before and After School Daycare Program for 2001-02.

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